Michigan State Fall Senior Photos on North Campus

Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers.

Taylor graduates in the spring, but she loves the fall and wanted to capture her MSU senior portraits on north campus during peak fall colors (she’s from Texas and totally appreciates Michigan’s changing seasons). Taylor scheduled an extended 90 minute session so we could reach as many landmarks as possible during her session, and her mom came along to help with the puppy and other accessories.

Most students plan their senior photos at the end of April or early May when Spring flowers are at their peak (see a few examples and ideas here and here, or browse all senior sessions for ideas on my gallery page), but fall is a great time to highlight all of those energetic colors that spread across campus.

Pros and Cons for Fall Versus Spring Senior Photos

  • Fall can be a bit more windy and chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring along extra hairspray and a jacket (Taylor wore a plush green jacket over her white dress).
  • My fall calendar fills up quickly, so if you’re thinking about a fall session, be sure to book in early summer.
  • Spring tends to be very rainy, so be prepared for your session to be rescheduled in case of rain.
  • Key campus locations get very crowded in the weeks leading up to Spring graduation. You’ll likely need to bring a helper to jump in line for you at Beaumont and Sparty. I’ve seen the wait get as long as 20 or more minutes for a few quick photos. The crowds die down after graduation, and I’ve never had an issue with crowds at these locations during the week in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing clean stone architecture.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior sitting on a stone wall with fall colors in the background
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior sitting on a stone bench with her puppy.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo showing a senior holding her puppy with fall colors.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on a stone wall with colorful flowers behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A black and white photo of an MSU senior.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on a stone wall with colorful flowers behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing on bricks with her cap and gown and fall colors in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on steps by a stone wall by Beaumont Tower with fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing in front of the doors of Beaumont Tower with white flowers around her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior walking down a sidewalk with Beaumont Tower in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her puppy with Beaumont Tower in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior walking down the sidewalk with fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior with bright orange fall colors behind her.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing by the Red Cedar river in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting by the Red Cedar river in the fall.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing on the bridge by Spartan Stadium with the Sparty Head in the background.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior wearing her cap and gown in front of Sparty.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior wearing her cap and gown and popping champagne over the grass in front of Sparty.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her puppy in front of Sparty at sunset.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior holding her dog in front of the Sparty Statue.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior sitting on stone steps showing classic architecture on MSU's campus.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A photo of an MSU senior standing in front of the classic architecture of MSU's campus.
Ideas and locations for a Michigan State University fall senior photo session on north campus by Allie Siarto Photography, East Lansing Photographers. A close up photo of an MSU senior sitting near classic architecture of MSU.

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East Lansing Personal Branding Photography Session: Beyonce Meets Literature

personal branding photography session in East Lansing, Michigan, by Allie & Co. Photographers

I had a lot of fun designing personal branding sessions this year. Here’s a small sampling of the direction Kinitra gave me in her Story Session Questionnaire:

Why did you decide to do a personal branding session?

I want to make sure I maintain control of my visuals and branding as my career expands beyond the scholarly work I currently do. I am expanding into more creative works (graphic novels, trade books, speaking engagements). Also, I want to make sure I maintain a certain flair and freedom as an Endowed Chair, which can be seen as a pretty “stodgy” appointment. I’m not stodgy. I am also well onto the path of becoming a Full Professor and want to make sure I have the personal visual narrative for that journey to heightening my national and international status as a scholar.

What specific stories, events, routines, or rituals do you want to share with these images?

Confidence, a kinetic stillness. Intelligent glamour. Reading, Researching, and Public Speaking. Mastery over intersections of race, gender, and popular culture. Tangential connection with Beyonce’s Lemonade. Southern Conjure Culture. Black womanhood. Black New Orleans. Fantasy.

Based on the questionnaire answers, I sent over a few location ideas, Kinitra reached out to Kirsten Elle Thompson for styling direction, and we made our final plans.

In the end, Kinitra selected her ten favorites for final retouching.

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A Late Fall Michigan Barn Wedding at Stone House Farm

barn wedding venue photos from Stone House Farm, a Michigan barn wedding venue. Photos by Allie Siarto and Co, Michigan wedding photographers

It’s always such a treat to get to explore a new Michigan wedding venue near the Lansing area, and Stone House Farm in Bancroft, Michigan, did not disappoint. Myla and Adam had an outdoor wedding ceremony in mid-November, so they offered their guests cozy warm blankets to snuggle up outside before heading inside to the warm barn for the wedding reception.

The team at Stone House Farm took the wedding party out on a “hayride” to take photos in the gorgeous late afternoon sun, then we all headed back to the farmhouse, where Myla and Adam signed their marriage license.

If you’re thinking about a Michigan barn wedding, here are a few things to love about Stone House Farm:

  • The newly renovated farm house is the perfect place to get ready, no matter the season.
  • The staff is amazingly helpful (Chris, the manager, even jumped in to help me carry my bag to the house).
  • The property offers so many opportunities for photos, and the wagon ride makes it easy for the whole wedding party to get there.
  • The heated barn is the perfect blank canvas to create a wedding of any style. I loved that Myla and Adam used a mix of china styles to create an elegant and unique look.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for more details about other wedding vendors.

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A photo of the bride getting her veil on in the Stone House Farm house
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A photo of the ceremony site at Stone House Farm, a Michigan barn wedding venue
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Fall Mini Session Dates Are Now Available

For the first time ever, I’m offering three mini session dates this fall at three distinct locations My custom photo session availability will be limited in the coming months, so I’ve opened up opportunities to book in a few of my favorite locations, including a weekend date. Use the links below to book.

If you’d like to book a traditional mini session (30 minutes), go ahead and book two 15 minute mini sessions, and I’ll follow up with the traditional mini session contract ($350 for 30 minutes and all edited high resolution digital files).

September 23: Lewis Landscape Arboretum

This is a great location and time of year for families with young children. The weather is usually still warm in September, and you’ll be close to the MSU Children’s Gardens to make an evening out of it.

Lewis Landscape Arboretum mini session photos

October 16: Michigan State North Campus

Fall colors should be out by this date. Look for colorful trees, pops of purple, and classic architecture.

Michigan State Campus fall mini session photos

October 20: Fenner Nature Center

This is a rare weekend portrait session date. Look for fall colors, and open field, and potentially big boulders to sit on.

Fenner Nature Center fall family mini session photos

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